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whoo! congratulations! [sings high note] captioning made possible by abc cable networks group captioned by the national captioning institute this morning, senate showdown. as democrats try to whip up every, last vote for their health care reform bill, republicans point to this week's confusing mammogram advice, as a sign that rationing is on the horizon. we'll have the latest. mixed signals. the cdc reports another drop in swine flu cases nationwide. but some doctors warn we're still in for a long and dangerous flu season. this show has been my life. and i love it enough to know when it's time to say good-bye. >> the oprah effect. the queen of daytime talk announces she will leave her throne.
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so, what's next for ms. winfrey? and can she continue her remarkable string of success? and vampire weekend. it's not just tweens that have caught "twilight" fever. now, legions of moms have been bitten by edward and bella's love. good morning, america. >> good morning. it is saturday, november 21st. we're joined by the senate health care bill. >> that's like the new member of the team. >> i'm kate snow. bill weir. senators getting ready to vote on a rare saturday. tonight, they vote on whether to continue the debate on the health care reform bill. or let it die. the issue got really personal this week, amid confusion over those new guidelines for screenings of breast and cervical cancer. we're going to talk to one senator whose wife survived breast cancer.
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he has real concerns about all this. also coming up, a terrifying scene caught on a surveillance camera. that's a window washer, plunging eight stories from above. and living to tell the tale. he had a safety rope that was just short enough to avoid certain disaster. walked away with a broken pinkie finger. we'll talk about him. also, the latest in our coast-to-coast search for america's best bites. ron claiborne went in search for the best meals on wheels. tastiest food cart cuisine, which is all the rage in big cities and towns across the country. we're going to introduce you to the four finalists and ask for your help picking the winner. the democratic reform bill up for a vote would insure an additional 31 million americans at a cost of nearly $850 billion. it will pay for it partly by increasing taxes on those making more than $200,000 a year. no republican supports the bill fully. so, all 60 democrats need to vote for it to prevent a
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filibuster and move the bill forward. new medical recommendations on cancer screenings are being injected into the debate about all this on capitol hill. and abc's rachel martin is there this morning. good morning, rachel. >> reporter: good morning, kate. these two, new studies say that women shouldn't get pap smears or mammograms as often as previously thought. and these studies were conducted by independent groups with no connection to the pending health care legislation. but for democrats who support health care reform, the timing couldn't be worse. republicans seized on the new screening guidelines, as a big, i told you so. >> this is how rationing starts. >> it's a difference between life and death for people. if you get into rationing care, delayed care. >> reporter: a study released friday said women shouldn't get their first exam for cervical cancer until they're 21. and then, only every three years. it comes just days after a different study by a government task force said women don't need to get regular mammograms until they're over 50.
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>> whoever is coming up with this ridiculous, i think recommendations, i think they need to think twice. >> i want you to hold your breath. >> reporter: both studies fly in the face of what's been the mantra for patients, get screened early and often. so, patients and doctors are frustrated. >> i think it's totally ridiculous. i may not be politically correct. but i think this is really about money and politics. it's about the beginning of rationing care. >> reporter: sound familiar? it's the same argument conservative critics stoked up over the so-called death panels this summer. >> how dare you? >> wait a minute. >> they have a czar who is in charge of deciding who lives and who dies. come on. stop lying to us. >> that's problematic for democrats. they've been on the defensive through so much of this debate. and here comes another argument. something else to scare people about what's in this bill. >> reporter: administration officials tried to downplay the
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new screening guidelines. >> do what you've always done. read the task force report. but then, talk to your doctor. >> reporter: but for democrats trying to push through health care reform, the damage may be done. >> it's a difficult time. they're trying to get 60 votes in the senate. so, anything that scares people about what this bill would do. gives another talking point to opponents, it's something they can't afford. >> reporter: democrats say the new screening recommendations are just that. recommendations. and that they won't be part of the health care reform bill. if senate democrats are able to get the votes they need tonight, they'll start official debate of the bill. if not, bill, it could go back to square one. >> rachel martin, there. if you read through the 2,000-plus pages here, you'll find no mention on rationing. in fact, on page 17, there's a guarantee for free preventative screenings for everybody. among the suspicious republicans is doctor and senator john barrasso, republican of wyoming, who joins
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us now from washington. we wanted to have you on. you evoked a personal connection to these mammogram screenings yesterday on the floor. your wife is a cancer survivor. >> my wife, bobbi, was diagnosed as the result of a screening mammogram, while she was in her 40s. she had no symptoms. and at the time, she had the mammogram. had three operations, two full bouts of chemotherapy because the cancer had spread into her lymph nodes. all we did was have the mammogram. you just talked about the specific bill that you have there. if you go to either page 1,150, it says when this task force makes recommendations, they're then supposed to try to quote, educate the public, through a public relations program that our tax dollars are going to pay for, that say, hey, women, don't have mammograms. women's health is taking a backseat. you say what about denial of care. you turn to 1,190. it says right here, no payment shall be made for preventive services that the task force has not approved. so, it is in the bill.
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and the democrats need to take it out of the bill because the american people are watching closely. this is the wrong prescription for america. >> the other side would say that this task force that you're talking about, many of them are doctors, academics, appointed by president bush. and they say that really doesn't matter because they're not, by definition, allowed to have any contact with the government or consider cost in their recommendations. >> that's not what the bill says, though. go to the pages in the bill. this task force had no cancer specialists in it. no surgeons who deal with women's health or breast cancer. and breast cancer, bill, is the number two killer of women in america. women are being asked here to save money for the government by not having screening tests. >> there's two things going on. there's the political debate. there's also the medical debate. and over screenings, this has been going on for many years, as they try to factor in false positives and the risks of that. let me ask you a more fundamental question.
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i assume your wife's care was paid for by an insurance company? >> we have insurance. and she went through the whole process. but it was the screening that saved her life. >> let me ask you this, senator. the other side would argue that if your wife had a pre-existing condition or god forbid you couldn't afford that insurance, she would have been rationed anyway. 45,000 people die every year in this country because of that sort of rationing. and that this bill addresses that. to that, you would answer? >> i practiced medicine for 25 years. taking care of families of wyoming as a physician. taking care of all patients, regardless of ability to pay. we continue, physicians go into medicine for all the right reasons. continue to take care of people. we have a system that absolutely needs to be fixed. people who have pre-existing conditions still need to be able to get insurance and get care. there's things we can do to help get down the cost of care. this is a bill, though, that raises taxes, cuts medicare,
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removes wonderful prevention programs. says we're not going to pay for those sorts of things. and i think is bad for america. >> all right. senator and dr. barrasso, we appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> thanks. look at the rest of the morning's headlines. and ron claiborne is here for that. >> good morning, bill, kate. good morning, everyone. we begin with the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in england. it's caused massive flooding. and emergency crews have rescued hundreds of people. and the rain is still coming down. abc's gloria riviera has more. >> hello? fire service. can you hear me? >> reporter: this morning, anxious calls from rescue crews still searching house-to-house, hoping no one was missed. northern england has never seen this much rain fall. entire towns hit so hard, the roads just disappeared or dead-ended into rivers. >> we couldn't believe what actually happened. just all this water rushing down the road. >> the bridge just collapsed.
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and there are people in the water. >> reporter: emergency teams raced to reach those in need. the waters rose so fast, many people could only head to the roof and wait. >> during the night, trees were just snapping like matches. unbelievable power. >> reporter: enough power to take down bridges and claim the life of policeman bill barker. the father of four was trying to keep people off the road when he was swept away. over 1,100 homes were flooded. when the worst was over, those who could go home saw just how much damage was done. >> spend four or five years building. and it's been absolutely wiped out. so, you know. hopefully we can all get going again as soon as we can. the whole town's just been wiped out. >> reporter: the forecast, more rain. >> we're going to see more extreme weather in the future. that's what the scientists say. you can't attribute a particular event to a changing climate. but people here have seen something quite extraordinary. >> reporter: for "good morning america," gloria riviera,
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abc news, london. and an initial hearing for nidal hasan, the army major accused in the ft. hood shootings, is scheduled for later today in his hospital room. e-mails that hasan exchanged with a radical muslim cleric in yemen reportedly discussed money transfers before the shootings on november 5th. but an fbi task force did not forward those e-mails to the military. new figures showed the unemployment rate went up in 29 states last month. 13 states and the district of columbia now have a jobless rate above the national average of 10.2%. michigan still has the nation's highest unemployment rate at 15.1%. more than 40 people were arrested as police ended a student protest at the university of california at berkeley. the demonstrators had barricaded themselves inside a building to protest a 32% increase in student fees. students at u.c. santa cruz are blocking exits to an administration building in a similar protest. finally, a follow-up to last week's bieber fever. about 3,000 pre-teen girls and
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their parents showed up to get justin bieber's autograph at a long island mall. overwhelming security guards. the event's organizers decided it was too dangerous to bring bieber out, resulting in chaos. at least four people were injured. and one of bieber's managers were arrested for not helping to break up the crowd. that's a first look at the headlines. back to bill and kate and marysol. the mania. >> it was unbelievable. last weekend, someone touched me and said, i want to touch you because you touched him. >> that was bill. >> no. it was a little girl. >> guilty. we heard that moms were fighting. one mom had her arm broken by another. >> in all seriousness. >> luckily, we have good security here. >> all for the love of a 15-year-old. unbelievable. >> yes. good morning, everyone. we turn to reno, nevada. the scene of a serious dust storm. take a look at these pictures. in some areas, 100-mile-per-hour wind gusts recorded.
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and you can imagine, i-80 was a complete mess. there was an eight-car pileup. thanks so much. more on your saturday outlook later on in the show. bill? >> all right, marysol. well, medical associations across the country and around the world seem to be speaking with one voice in the swine flu. they're reporting steep declines in the number of new cases. but doctors are warning that
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while the drop is welcome news, it's way too early to declare victory. here's abc's david muir. >> reporter: it's a welcome trend in the fight against the h1n1 flu. for the third week in a row, now, the cdc says, the number of cases, visits to the doctor, have gone down. but federal authorities stopped short of saying this flu has peaked. >> i wish i knew if we had hit the peak. nothing is typical about this year's influenza. we may have weeks and months of a lot of disease ahead of us. >> reporter: even so, a growing number of doctors tell abc news, the difference in their hospitals and offices is noticeable. in maryland, the state health director said the trend is clear. >> it appears as if we have reached a peak in this outbreak. clearly, it is at levels now, lower than it was two or three weeks ago. >> reporter: in ft. worth, texas, where officials once sent 80,000 students home when fears of this flu first began, the absentee rate, they told us, is back to normal. october 22nd, 301 schools closed down.
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245 the next week. then, 70. 35. this week, just three. another indicator, the test diagnostics. the number of samples that have tested positive in the h1n1 virus, has dropped in nearly age group. saying the data shows the virus isn't spreading as aggressively now as it did in september and most of october. but with holiday gathers next week, the cdc is urging people not to become complacent. to still get vaccinated. easier said than done in some parts of the country. in rochester, new york, people lined up for hours in the rain. >> i cannot believe you're going to make people stand outside in the rain, and catch pneumonia, while they're waiting to get a flu shot. >> reporter: waiting for a flu shot for a flu strain that appears to be on the decline. as the cdc warns, it's also a flu that's been unpredictable. for "good morning america," david muir, abc news, new york. dr. richard besser, our senior health and medical editor joins me now to shed a little light on all this.
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good morning, dr. besser. so, let's start where we just left off. number of cases down. sigh of relief. >> that's right. >> but? >> this is good news and an opportunity. it has gone down. and it's gone down over the past three weeks, which is great news. hopefully, this will give people a chance to take their breath, get in line, get vaccinated. we don't know what's coming down the pike. 1957, big pandemic. there was a wave like this in the fall. went away. and then, starting in january through march, an even bigger wave. so -- >> so, this is why doctors are saying don't relax just because you hear the numbers are going down. >> not only that. but it could be what people are doing is having an impact. people staying home when they're sick. covering their coughs. maybe that's part of the reason it's going down. as people let up their guard on traves cok?
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people getting together from all over the country and spending great time with family. if you're sick -- the big message is, if you're sick, don't travel. if you're traveling, you're going to get people sick on airplanes and buses. you're going to get people sick when you get to your relative's house. >> don't go to grandma's. >> don't go to grandma's. stay home. >'s oin t carolina, th to >> yes. >> explain to us why that is significant. >> it's quite concerning. duke medical center reported four cases in their hospital of tamiflu-resnt the drug that everyone's up to treat this doesn't it looks l infe and it sounds like it hasn't spread fromre. cdc sent investigators to help the state and the hospital investigate this. if this were to spread widely, it would be a proble this is the drug that's been stockpiled for treating serioun >> you said just a small group of cases. f> four ces. there's been 21 reported in the
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u.s. over the ie pec s far. >> and tamiflu hits 99% of the cases can be stopped? >> more than 99%. we've had 22 million cases in this country. and only 21 cases that have been reported resistant. that's a good sign. but they're going to be watching very closely to make sure this doesn't spread. >> is there another drug we can take, if suddenly the swine flu becomes resistant to tamiflu? >> yes. these strains were resistant to relenza. but this drug has to be given through an inhaler. someone with asthma or lung disease really can't be treated with that. it has more limited use. -hahas more limited use. >> dr. richard besser. thanks so much. bill? >> all right, kate. w. all right, kate. when tallied, itoks hat c o installment of the "twilight" vampire saga, will shatter the record for the biggest opening day of all-time. surpassing the $64 million-plus for "the dark knight." the movie's success, powered by armies of tweens, spending their
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allowances. but a new demographic also bitten, their moms. here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: by day, melissa peterson and her girlfriends are typical suburban moms. >> dinner is at 6:30. >> reporter: but when the husbands and kids aren't around, they turn into something else. they turn into "twilight" moms. >> i love "twilight." i'm a mom. that fits me. >> reporter: these three don't just enjoy "twilight." they're borderline obsessed with it, in ways that would make their kids blush. >> promise me you won't do anything reckless. >> reporter: they e "twilight" mom conventions. >> it just makes you feel so happy. you want to walk around with a smile on yo seems e igm s e club. >> reporter: these older twihards are putting the tween crowd to shame. just before heading to the midnight "new moon" opening, these moms gathered for a late night "twilight"-themed dinner. >> kiss me. >> reporter: "twilight" is the
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story of a teenage girl's love affair with a vampire named edward that she met in high school. a relationship with some fairly obvious challenges. even though the story is mainly a teenage phenomenon, entertainment writers say the real draw is it's almost like a harlequin romance but with vampires. >> a lot of the "twilight" moms are saying that the books and the movies are adding a spark of romance. reminding them of how wonderful it is to be in love. and helping their marriages at home. >> reporter: and with "new moon" fever in the air this weekend, "twilight" moms aren't shy about it. and they're ready to embarrass their kids if they have to. >> we're twifans all the way. >> reporter: for "good morning america," neal karlinsky, abc news. >> i hear that the hot werewolf, dating taylor swift. that's all i got. i occasionally glance at "us weekly." and that's what i get. coming up on "good morning america," the most popular person in american television is
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giving up her hit show. what's next for oprah winfrey? and street eats. our nationwide quest to find the best food cart in america is on. what is this? oh, your mom brought that over. no way! these are the ornaments from when i was a kid. this is from mommy's first ballet recital. oh, and this is when i got a two-wheeler. pretty awesome. i used to have one of these. there's a new one. "for lucy, to get her started. love, grandma." look lucy, this one's for you. ( gasps ) hallmark keepsake ornaments. at your hallmark gold crown store. one of many ways to find meaning inside. for joint pain. for joint pain.
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♪ too much food on my plate ran got the best gig this week. he was out, crisscrossing the country, in search of america's best meals on wheels. and you helped him out by sending in nominations for the country's best food carts. this morning, he has it down to four finalists. we're going to take you on a culinary quest coming up. you'll help us decide the winner. good morning, america. i'm kate snow. >> i'm bill weir. it's saturday, november 21st. thanks for hanging with us. so many questions surrounding oprah's exit from daytime tv. a scene she has dominated for
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almost a quarter-century now. the most popular figure on television. can she translate that success to cable? and can anybody fill her shoes? and the black crows, a song from their newest album "before the frost, before the freeze." "your week in three words." >> fantastic. usually, we get indy bands. and we have an adorable accomplishment in "your week in three words." good morning, everyone. in the news, 42 people were killed in a coal mine explosion in china. 66 others were trapped about a third of a mile underground by the gas explosion. but 400 others escaped from the mine. nine children were hurt and an adult were killed after they were hit by a car in birmingham, alabama. witnesses say the driver lost control of the car when she tried to avoid children playing in the street. prosecutors will not appeal the dismissal of the conviction
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of lori drew, the missouri mother convicted in her role of a myspace hoax, that contributed to a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide in 2006. a man in seattle, washington, is very lucky to be alive this morning, after a fall that could have killed him. and the most terrifying moment of his life was caught on tape. talk about a close call. this window washer fell eight stories in this build in downtown seattle. and somehow survived. >> holy cow. this guy hit the ground, it looks like this guy hit the ground and bounced back up. >> reporter: 34-year-old eduardo lozada plunged from the top floor. and it looks like from this surveillance video, the rope kept him from hitting the ground by inches. >> he's freefalling. he actually hit the window and kept going. his ropes were still attached. >> reporter: when he reached the second floor, lozada's safety rope started slowing his descent. >> it's dramatic. but it the systems they use work. >> reporter: 2 the owner of the window washing company is
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investigating how this could have happened. he's happy with the outcome. >> everything else aside, i'm 100% thankful. >> reporter: not only did the rope save lozada's life, he suffered only a broken pinkie finger. and lozada will be on "good morning america" for an exclusive interview on this coming monday. that's a quick look at the headlines. now, to marysol and weather. >> a ton of rain today. one to two inches along the gulf coast states, from louisiana, alabama. and even portions of the florida panhandle. temperatures about average for this time of year. temperatures, above average in the midwest and northeast. beautiful skies. 55 in minneapolis. 54 in green bay. these temperatures are anywhere between 5 and 20 degrees above normal. your outlook, the pacific northwest having their f
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thanks so much. this weather report has been brought to you by kellogg's rice krispies. bill? >> okay, marysol. well, oprah says it's over. announcing the end of her extraordinarily successful syndicated show. and we'll look at how she became one of the most famous women in the world. and whether she'll be able to keep her extraordinary track record going. abc's eric horng joins us from chicago. also known as oprahville, with more on the effect. hey, eric. >> reporter: hey, bill. good morning. only oprah knows exactly what her futu plans are. the queen of all media is not talking to the media right now. but she did speak directly to her audience yesterday. and it was another classic oprah moment. it wasn't the first time we've shared a cry with oprah. >> these years with you, our
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viewers, have enriched my life beyond all measure. >> reporter: but now, every tear, every interview -- every give away. >> you get a car. you get a car. >> reporter: brings us closer to her last. >> it's an end of an era for her. she deserves it. >> when you love something so much, you have to figure out when it's time to let them go. >> reporter: the end of a popular show, has always tugged at the heart strings. but with oprah, whose clear voice -- >> you look great. >> reporter: kind ear -- >> it's something i cannot help. >> reporter: and multimedia empire, have touched a generation, this departure seems to transcend tv. >> she's made herself into so much more than just a television entertainer. this is a woman of vast cultural and political power in this country. >> reporter: the oprah show, even for oprah, will be a tough act to follow. reports say she'll focus on her
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new cable channel, the oprah winfrey network, which debuts in 2011. can a broadcast tv icon such as oprah -- >> let's talk about the interview with katie couric. >> reporter: remain influential on basic cable? >> it's risky that it may not work. she may never be the oprah she is now. >> reporter: with oprah gone, the vast landscape of daytime tv is sure to change, allowing other stars to emerge. but is there an heir apparent to the queen of talk? >> i think ellen degeneres is a great contender to take on what oprah has started. she has a great forum to launch herself into oprah's shoes. >> reporter: but even ellen told her audience this week, there's no replacing an icon. >> she will always be the queen of daytime television. >> reporter: for oprah, the curtain doesn't fall for another 22 months. >> the countdown to the end of "the oprah winfrey show" starts now. >> reporter: a long good-bye for this long-time tv favorite. oprah's ratings have slipped in
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recent years. but with yesterday's announcement, the next season and a half will draw big audiences. >> eric, thanks, man. from such a background, what a story. regardless of what's next. we'll be right back. coming up on "good morning america," a meals on wheels. ron hits the road in search of the best mobile munchies in america. it's time to unveil the finalist in america's food cart challenge. and one week, one song, three words. it's "your week in three words" coming up. do it together. will all treats! teets... teets... teets! yeah! look at this! oh! it seems like the best family traditions... you want some? always start in the kitchen. ( laughter, conversation )
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well, you sent us the names of the top food carts in the nation. and we narrowed down the list. i got to taste test my way across the nation. pretty good gig. >> yeah. >> that's are the final four in the "good morning america" weekend food cart challenge. check it out. hi. i'm ron. how are you?
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first stop, street sweets. which we found parked on a midtown manhattan streets. in the cozy confines of their fully-equipped, mobile kitchen, grant and samira whip up an assortment of oven-fresh cookies, croissants and confections. street sweet's signature creation and contest entry is something called the macarella. what is a macarella? >> it is a coconut macaroon, filled with nutella. >> reporter: you make a macarella, with egg whites and vanilla extract. stir. and pound the paste into submission. >> it's almost like playing with play-doh. >> reporter: it's shaped like antarcti antarctica. bake for ten minutes. slather with nutella, and voila. wow. it's good. that's really good. the macarella, magnificent. from east coast to west coast, we visited a food cart in seattle, washington, called marination. hey, i'm ron.
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>> i'm kamalla. welcome to marination. >> reporter: owner kamalla sackston put to the challenge the korean spicy pork taco. the pork is marinaded offsite for 36 hours before it comes here. >> it's a pork butt. it marinades in a spicy red pepper paste from korea. >> reporter: they wrap the pork in a soft tortilla. then adorn it with coleslaw, and a lime wedge. and a dollop of nunya sauce. >> we call it the nunya sauce. we say it's nunya business what's in it. >> reporter: to taste test this tantalizing taco, i recruited my seattle friend, brian o'kelley. >> mm. that's incredible. >> reporter: that's brian, the master of the understatement. next stop, portland, oregon, where food carts are the rage. there are close to 500 in the city of 600,000.
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including garden state. a tiny cart named in honor of owner and chef, kevin sandri's native new jersey. his entry, a deep-fried chickpea sandwich on chiabata. a variation of an italian street food. he was a chef for six years. then, he played in a band. when the band broke up, he decided to open up his food cart. >> when a musician goes bust on the street, this is the same thing. i was a restaurant guy with no gig. i parked it on the street and started making sandwiches. >> reporter: kevin and i split one of his fabled chickpea sandwiches. that's good. that's real good. and business is booming. we tracked down our final nominee called local 647, parked at a winery in rural, northern virginia. the owners, a former executive chef, and his wife, amanda, feature good, old american fare. salads, fruit pies. and a hamburger their customers rave about.
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the beef comes from grass-fed cows from a local farm. the trimmings, all organic. >> i harvested the greens. i make the mayonnaise from chicken eggs. >> reporter: he doesn't just cook burgers. he nurtures them. piles on onions, cheese, pickles, and homemade catchup, mustard and mayo. that's probably the best burger i've ever had, ever. ever. >> ever? >> reporter: ever. i'm in hamburger heaven. >> the jury there. >> i want you to check out the nominees. this is the macarella. right here at 50th street. >> the nutella. >> you'll love that one. the next one, interesting combination of tastes in one test here. >> that's delightful. >> starting with dessert. >> how about the korean spicy taco from seattle, washington. >> i have to tell you -- >> this is the one that has the nunya sauce, right? nunya business. >> nunya business.
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exactly. kate, you can't eat that. >> i don't eat pork. how is it? good? >> very good. oh, man. >> yummy. >> colleagues, how about a burger? >> oh, my god. i don't think i have enough space in my mouth. let me get a little more. >> as we taste these, we'll remind you out there that we're going to vote on these. but we want you to vote. voting tomorrow. you want to reward the guy who makes his mayonnaise out of eggs that he raised. >> exactly. >> condiments there. >> is this the best burger you had in your life? >> i don't want to taint the results here. that is a great hamburger. >> okay. that is a great burger. >> three tries there. now this, is the chickpea sandwich. from portland, oregon. okay? >> these guys drive around? or do they stay in the same spot? >> they move every few days. a lot use twitter to alert their regular customers where they're located.
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>> this is good. this is my -- i don't do the burgers. i do the chickpea sandwich. >> yum. >> you, the audience, will be voting. helping to decide who the winner is. vote today. and we'll announce the winner of this food cart challenge tomorrow. >> abcnews.com, the "gma" weekend page. the choices are good. i like them. we'll be back, everybody. "your week in three words." strawberry delight, blueberry muffin. yeh, a little family reunion. ( blowing, shouting ) what now? we're ceeal here! what? just cooing it down., - enough said. - gotcha. yeah, safety first. whoo hoo! atch the whole grain. try kellogg's froste mini-wheats hot. just add warm milk and you've got a hot, new way... to keep your kids full and focused all morning. oops! dude, your eight layers ar showing. mini-wheats hot. keeps 'em full, eeps 'em focused.
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